Rum Village Guest Houses
There are several Residents / guides in Rum Village who have opened up accommodation at their houses in the Village, they will usually include / offer catering. Sleeping costs around 5JD pp/night (2018). For a list of contacts for Booking etc, go to the Links Page.
Since around 2013, there has been massive increase in the number of Desert Camps established though the entire area. What used to be temporary structures, consisting of a Bedouin Tent or two, now boast many permanent structures, with ablutions, showers, and private tents for couples etc. Some are situated near climbs, and may be convenient, and some are slowly working on getting some routes established right in the camps. Unfortunately, the increase of traffic to the many camps has had a significant negative impact on the fragile habitats, with the desert now being covered in vehicle tracks. For a list of contacts for Booking etc, go to the Links Page.
Camping in Wadi Rum
Free Camping is allowed in Wadi Rum, and you are allowed to camp almost anywhere in the park (for the time being), provided you have paid the park entrance fee (which is supposed to be valid for a year). The camping facilities behind the Rest House in Rum Village has been closed since about 2015, leaving climbers and other visitors wanting for a convenient centralised area to stay, socialise, exchange stories and beta etc when not climbing. There is a spring near the base of the EF Towers of Jebel Rum, with some shady trees and a couple of flat spots to sleep. The water is safe, and the local mint growing there is good for tea. Please leave the site cleaner than you found it! Don’t leave anything out, even when you are there, the goats will eat it, and this may apply to anywhere in Rum. There are many other great spots to camp or bivy on and around the climbing areas. One very popular place is Barrah Canyon. There is a nice spot to camp and you can belay from inside the tent (if you bother with one) for the first pitch of Merlin’s Wand (a excellent, well protected 5 pitch route at 6a+). There are however no facilities, and you will need to take enough water for your stay. The best way to get there is by Beduin Taxi. Arrange to be dropped off with your gear, and then to be retrieved by the same driver on a later day. It is also possible to walk to Barrah, but if you want to stay for a few days and climb you will need someone to bring you some food and water. The Beduin will even come out every day to cook for you if you pay for this.